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Discursive Writing

Discursive writing covers the styles of writing to argue and writing to persuade. The two styles are very similar and make use of very similar techniques. The main difference is in the tone of your writing. Argumentative writing tends to be more forthright and makes use of more forceful language. Writing to persuade will be much more subtle in approach and tends to play on the reader's sympathy more. Both styles can benefit from using the advice on the "Better Writing" page of this website, but a successful answer will make use of specific techniques. A useful check list is "AFOREST."

See AFOREST in action below:

See if you can identify the numbered techniques. Some of them are AFOREST, but there are some different ones in there. Can you comment on the effect? Why not try to produce a counter argument using similar techniques?
1. Technique number 1 is:
Emotive language
Triples
Flattery
A short sentence for impact

2. Technique number 2 is:
Opinion stated as fact
A quote from an expert
Forceful phrase
Rhetorical question

3. Technique number 3 is:
Emotive language
Statistic
Anecdote
Flattery

4. Technique number 4 is:
Humour
Rhetorical question
Dismissing the counter argument
Fact

5. Technique number 5 is:
Humour
A quote from an expert
Anecdote
Superlative

6. Technique number 6 is:
Quote from an expert
Triples
Emotive language
A short sentence for impact

7. Technique number 7 is:
Rhetorical question
Opinion stated as fact
Anecdote
Statistic

8. Technique number 8 is:
Statistic
Flattery
Triples
Humour

9. Technique number 1 is:
An abrupt sentence to get the point across
Quote from an expert
Rhetorical question
Emotive language

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